The Library Workout

I just thought of an awesome new workout: the Library Workout!  Basically it involves things we do every day at the library, but more concentrated.  And of course it would have to be done in a library setting.

Want a general, low impact aerobic workout?  Push a full cart of books up and down each aisle 2-3 times.

Want to work your lower body?  Do squats as you shelve on the lower shelves.  Bonus points if you stay in that squat position as you move from section to section.   Ooooh!  Or do lunges from section to section.  Do calf raises as you shelve at eye-height.

Want to work your upper body?  Shift a collection of books (move the whole collection from one spot to another).  You can also use this as an opportunity to work your abs if you keep them tight as you twist and bend.

What do you think?  Will it sell?

I re-learned the Library Workout yesterday during our shift of the Children’s collection.  Early Readers are being moved to where Moving Up used to be.  Moving Up is being moved to where New Picture Books used to be.  New Picture Books are on a gondola at the entrance to the department…  Today and tomorrow includes shifting the old Picture Books to create more room for that collection; moving old Board Books down a shelving unit; and displaying New Picture Books and New Board Books on another shelving unit.

So, yesterday’s Library Workout focused on the upper body portion.  My abs and arms are so sore!  It’s good, but there’s still 2 more days of this.  Eeek!


Today’s blog prompt asks: What’s the single most important thing you accomplished in 2010?

This one is also a bit difficult for me to answer.  As you faithful readers know, 2010 was a big year for me.  So I guess it all comes down to where your focus is in life… which also doesn’t help because I don’t have one major area on which I focus.  There are really two or three areas.  All of them are important because they all intertwine and are reliant on one another in some way to succeed.

So, let’s start with work.  I work at a library and supervise the people who check your books out and the people who shelve them.  I have a great job but I always want more and I almost always have a plan.  One of the most difficult parts of my plan was completed this year when I got my Masters in Library Science.  That accomplishment has resulted in doors that are opened wider, and a feeling of greatness on my part.  I know that I wouldn’t have been able to do it as well or as completely if I didn’t have two other areas in my life to rely upon: my family and my health.

On the family front, by far my biggest accomplishment was getting married.  It’s not like it was a surprise or like planning the wedding was super hard work or like my husband and I had some major crisis to overcome in getting married.  But I guess it counts as an accomplishment because we’ve always known we’d do it even though it never felt like the right time.  Finishing school and being healthy were two major components in us deciding it was “right” to get married last year.

Healthwise the accomplishment isn’t something major like beating back a disease or coming through surgery, but it is something that’s every bit as difficult for most Americans – keeping weight off.  I wasn’t 100% successful with this accomplishment since I regained about 15 pounds that I lost, but I could have regained a lot more.  And I know that the healthier food choices I made gave me the energy to finish school, plan a wedding and honeymoon, and deal with all the stress of the latter part of the year without having major health complications of my own.

So, those are my accomplishments for 2010.  What are yours?

Dreaming of a wedding and work

I’ve been at home sick today, alternately napping and reading.  I also soaked in a really hot tub and breathed steam for a while.  Definitely not getting anything useful done, like writing another competency.  (BTW, I’m up to 7 approved! Still waiting for a response on one more.  A few more to write.)

During one of my napping sessions, a dream combined work, wedding, and family stresses into one weird dream.  I was talking to some lady about my mom and transporting her to the wedding, and the lady started bugging me about paying for my mom’s care and/or quitting work to take care of her.  I watched a spider crawl across her desk.  Then the dream fast forwarded to the wedding itself.  I was so upset that it wasn’t like I thought it would be.  Instead of being married in front of the gazebo, we had to be married in an auditorium decorated with green balloons.  The vows hadn’t been chosen, my dress was weird and we forgot the wedding rings.  Then I tried to print something, and the printer/fax/copy machine acted up and got toner everywhere (that’s where the work stress is right now).  Definitely odd.

Now I’m waiting for my hunny to bring me some dinner.  I’m gonna take some decongestant and tylenol to see if that makes my head stop hurting.  At least my throat stopped hurting sometime today.

First week

The first week of the Fall semester is under way.  So far everyone seems to be great.  It was good to see a few familiar names in my classes – it feels less lonely that way, ya know?

Work’s been pretty busy lately.  Our system went down briefly a couple of weeks ago, and then again last week.  We seem to have (mostly) recovered from it.  This is excellent news since we’re in the middle of a giant weeding project with no air conditioning.  It’s working out, though.  We’re also planning a field trip to a couple of different libraries so that we can see their automated check-in systems.  It sounds like fun and a great break from the normal work day.

My hunny, and I just got back from a trip to Vegas with one of our good friends.  It was kind of last minute, though.  We really wanted to visit Quark’s Bar one more time before they closed for good.  For those who don’t know, Quark’s is a Star Trek themed bar and restaurant.  It’ll be closing at the end of this month.  We’re really bummed about it.  We’ve visited Quark’s on every trip to Vegas, so it’s pretty sad to see it go.

Well, I need to get to bed.  After a 10.5 hour day and 30 minutes of studying when I got home, I’m too pooped to party.

Thing #5

CTV Carpet

Originally uploaded by danieBOB

OK, week 3 for ACL’s Lifelong Learning has come and gone so the time has passed to work on the things I have to learn. Last week it was Flickr so that’s what I’ve been playing with. For thing #5 we had options; we could either choose a picture from Flickr to blog about, or make our own accounts and blog about an image we uploaded from our workplace. Of course, I made my own account and uploaded some images… so here’s one!

I know, I know… it’s the same picture that’s in my sidebar. If you haven’t guessed by now I work at Centerville and Irvington. People remember Centerville’s carpet, so that’s why I posted it. I have other work pictures on Flickr too, but this one says it all.

In spite of the crazy carpet (or maybe because of it) I enjoy working at Centerville. I have awesome coworkers, excellent volunteers, and a great set of regular customers. It’s been great working here.

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